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Hawk Kawaskai - 2005 Team Profile
 
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Hawk Kawasaki

Hawk Racing was founded by Team Principal Stuart Hicken in 1996. Since its inception Hawk Racing has grown from a one-rider 600 Supersport team to become Kawasaki's official entry in the world-renowned British Superbike Championship, and one of the most competitive and professional squads in the paddock.

Stuart Hicken has enjoyed a long and fruitful association with the sport since he started racing motorcycles in the late 1960s. During his successful 12 year racing career, which saw him compete alongside multiple world champions Giacomo Agostini and Phil Read, Hicken gained as much pleasure from preparing his bikes as he did from riding.

After retiring from racing his mechanical and technical skills were in great demand - especially in Grand Prix, where he managed the WP suspension support truck for almost a decade. His skills were also much sought after by UK-based teams, keen to develop their race machines.

Stuart's technical and managerial expertise, gained at motorcycle racing's highest level, led him to manage and achieve success with a number of high-profile national and international superbike teams, such as Medd Racing and RÍve Racing.

Hawk Racing's strong association with Kawasaki Motors UK was further strengthened in 2004 when the team took the first Superbike victory for the ZX-10R anywhere in the world. Turning road specification machines into British Superbike winners in just three months, 2004 saw Hawk Kawasaki take 3 victories and numerous podiums during the year, firmly cementing the team's status as a leading contender in the world's toughest domestic motorcycle championship. For 2005 the Hawk Kawasaki ZX-10R's have been subjected to intense development and the team welcomes a new rider. Australian Dean Thomas, seeking his elusive first British Superbike victory, lines up alongside Glen Richards, who remains in the team for his fourth year.

Professionalism is key to Hawk Kawasaki's success, whether in the preparation of its 180bhp superbikes or its new and spacious 300-seater hospitality area. Everything from the team's immaculately prepared Kawasaki ZX-10Rs and slick pit display to the bespoke articulated race transporters are proof of the exceptionally high standards demanded by the team.

The addition of a new rider, along with a new workshop facility, can only continue to strengthen Hawk Kawasaki's rise to the top of the British Superbike field. With continued support from Kawasaki Motors UK, improved partnerships with Andrews Sykes and 464 Water, a new partner in Totty Mob.com and a strengthened, dedicated squad, Hawk Kawasaki are looking forward to their most successful British Superbike campaign to date.